The frantic traffic on Bloomfield Avenue claimed the life of long-time Verona business owner Matthew BeneduceMcGrath in late June. Over a 29-year career, he had made the signs for every Essex County park and many businesses and government offices. As the Class of 2016 graduated, a teacher who had taught decades of literature and writing students said goodbye.
Every month, MyVeronaNJ.com looks at what our readers have been reading, and we let you know if you have to catch up on them. Here’s what you might have missed in June 2016:
- Verona Business Owner Killed In Hit And Run: Matthew BeneduceMcGrath was hit crossing the street in front of his workshop on Bloomfield Avenue.
- Police Seek Witnesses To Fatal Hit-And-Run: The Essex County Prosecutor’s office is working to solve the killing of Matthew BeneduceMcGrath.
- Developer, Property Owner Clash Over New Apartments: Construction of two small buildings near Verona Park has been stalled by the owner of an adjacent business.
- Requiem For A Sign Maker: Over a 29-year career, Verona sign maker Matthew BeneduceMcGrath brought his unique craftsmanship to every Essex County Park, Verona’s government and schools, its houses of worship and its businesses.
- Verona High School Graduation 2016:
Verona High School graduated 148 students in a ceremony filled with pomp, circumstance, a hip-hop salute and a touching tribute to parents.
- From VHS Comp Sci To The Defense Department: The U.S. Department of Defense is going to pay for a large part of Shelley Herman’s college studies.
- A Farewell To Fran: As the school year ends, so does Fran Young’s career at Verona High School.
- Frank A. O’Toole, 59: He graduated Verona High School with the Class of 1974.
- Verona Votes For Clinton, Trump: Turnout for the New Jersey presidential primary was less than 25%.
- Real Estate Under $500,000: In Verona, as in many suburban towns, there’s a real estate dividing line, and here it’s $500,000.